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The European Championships where finally 1 out of the 53 footballing nations of Europe would recieve the crown of being kings of Europe has finally ended after a few weeks of competition.

The winners are the current reigning World champions, Spain who retain their European title.

Not only do they retain their European trophy but they also send a fitting reply to critics who wrongly labelled their style of football as “boring” and break quite a few records.

– Spain only team to win three major tournaments consecutively in world football.

– Spain equal Germany’s record of three European championships.

– Spain beat the old USSR’s record of scoring the most goals in a European championship final.

– Spanish striker, Torres, wins the golden boot for being the top-scoring player in the competition.

– Spain’s 4-0 demolition of 4 times world champions Italy, is the largest winning score in any major international football final.

– Spanish captain, Iker Casillas becomes the first player in the world to have 100 wins in international football.

Iker Casillas, becomes the first man in the world to win 100 games in international football, this includes a world cup and 2 European championships.

 Image source. – Casillas also broke the previous record of 494 minutes of play without conceding a goal, he has now made it 509 minutes. – Casillas has the world record of clean sheets (games without a goal conceded) at 79 matches with no goal scored against him, possibly making him the greatest international goal keeper of all time. The BBC in its website wrote that this Spanish team are possibly the best team ever that the world has seen saying that the Spanish “…have now constructed a compelling case to be classed as the best team in history.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18668878 I will write more about this in my next blog but for now, let me congratulate Spain. Felicidades Espana! 

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  – Jahan Choudhry

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The biggest European sporting and perhaps cultural event of the year started a few days ago.

I speak of nothing other than the European football championships, where the nations of Europe gather every 4 years to compete with each other and to be proclaimed as the champions of Europe. The current champions are Spain. The 2008 victory by Spain marked the end of years of football drought where the much talented Spaniards acclaimed for their style and flair had unfortunately never won the international titles which their style of football and its quality made them deserve to.

Spain win Euro 2008, and end their decades of not winning any international trophies.

 Image source. This confirmation that they could indeed win trophies then it seems contributed to the Spaniards then 2 years later go on to doing something even bigger and making themselves the champions of the world in the 2010 world cup in South Africa. Spain defeat Portugal in the 2010 world cup.

 

 

 

 

  

The ball passes the line the Dutch defenders and Iniesta look on, as does the rest of the world with billions watching.

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Iniesta and his team mates celebrate the winning goal.

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 The reigning World and European champions start the defence of their European championship tonight in their game against 4 times world cup winners, Italy.

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